Comment on Fantastic Voyage .. by ernie.
Regarding EPL refs stating their allegiance, as I said depressing isn’t it. Does this mean they can’t even find decent refs with the integrity to ref a game fairly? Apparently so. As for us in Scotland we have an added bonus of what is meant by “allegiance” with a quick whataboutery from the usual suspects last night then straight on to secret societies from guess what communities? I humbly suggest that is where our problems are.
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The most depressing thing about this whole referee discussion is our acceptance that referees “have allegiances” that affect their judgement. What a state: it shouldn’t really matter if the ref is called Mason Boyne and his da is a DUP mp (other cheeks are available) the general idea is to ref a game. It’s fitba ffs.
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coineanachantaighe 8th September 2018 at 12:06 :
Of course that's the case. What makes it worse is rewarding those who adopt the attitude of earning more and stashing it away including admiration for those who do not pay their taxes as proscribed. In Scotland this is typified by the continued lauding of the old Rangers who set up their remuneration of players to include unlawful tax avoidance (breaking SFA rules on the way by dint of side contracts) and then continued idolisation of a bunch of ex players who shafted the rest of us also. Bollox to any whataboutery, systematic and long running cheating, that's all it is and let's not let it go.
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If I may refer to my previous sojourn as a committee man in the Aberdeenshire Juniors and prior to that a wee spell running an Amateur team (glutton for punishment!), clubs don't normally challenge wrongfully played players rules, regardless of even honest mistakes, because it's a basic premise of playing organised football that only registered players play, otherwise any old ringer can be roped in as and when required. The clubs accept it because they all know the rules and that there are no ifs or buts. That's why we need to keep the fact that these rules do not apply to at least one club by dint of who they are on the agenda even though it is not a "popular" issue. It would take only one journo to enquire of the SFA (sub associations are exactly that) as to the difference between Fort William's actions in playing an ineligible player and the old Rangers flooding the game with the same for at least 10 years to blow the whole stitch up.
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Spot on Lugosi. The spooky thing though is that the Tories have a 10 point minimum lead in the polls.
So what about fitba? Well I think there is a direct link, the glib Mr King is populism personified, he is part of a trend of unashamed self servers who have noted that what is considered to be decent behaviour can be wiped away by installing hate figures both individual and communities, blaming someone else for "being left behind', transposing normal competition with a "war footing" and promising unicorns but not for traitors. Not to mention flouting regulation and indeed the law. It works, in the short term at least.
I never have any expectation that TRFC's financial woes with SD will lead to TRFC downfall. There is more chance of SD going bust in the near future than TRFC or as Big Pink puts it "it's only a matter of time before somebody takes a bigger chunk out of him." Why? SD is a bog standard stack it high, sell it cheap business and going bust is always an option worthy of consideration in such businesses with such an owner. TRFC on the other hand have a clientele who may find a "second liquidation" (as I've heard their fans call it!) hard to take and the business is small fry (about the same as good going hotel for example) requiring relatively small injections of dosh to keep it going. They can stumble on whereas SD would choose not to. GASL is gambling on this perchance?
DBD, this is your lucky day. Give me a call, I'm just back from Hong Kong and have some genuine, 100%, smells like, looks like etc Rolex, Rayban, Versace and Nike opportunities for you.
Edusport. I’m a co-owner having bought a share in 2018. We get to vote on various aspects including player selection (up to a very fine point!) but not the actual team management. The name change was voted by the members. I didn’t vote, happy to be a silent partner ( in a very small way) just to see how it goes. I like the academy approach, for what it’s worth it’s the only way I see Scotland ever competing at a high level country and club. But that’s another discussion! Edit to add, plan has always been SPFL by 2025.
Accountability via Transparency.
I agree with the "duopoly" reason for our fitba establishment and the SMSM accommodating the TRFC scams up to a point but I'm also trying hard, whilst reading those wonderful succulent lamb pieces reposted on here from pre 2012, but just can't recall similar articles bemoaning the necessity for competition from Celtic (never mind the Dons etc) during the former Rangers' glory EBT years? Like all with a sense of entitlement they'd be fine with a monopoly, just not the current one.